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Stunning St. Andrews apartment hits the market…for quite the sum of money!

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Golf has its iconic courses for sure, but arguably not even Augusta can hold a candle to St. Andrews as the premium recognizable piece of golf real estate.

And now, you can have a small part of it.

Hamilton Grand, originally built as the Grand Hotel to overshadow the clubhouse, has had a couple of refurbishments — much expected given its 126-year history — and is now home to 27 luxury apartments, one of which can be yours for the princely sum of just over £2.8 million Sterling.

With the home of golf hosting the 150th Open in July 2022, this looks to be the perfect time to invest in apartment 26, with the course sure to be the most popular by far on the European Tour next year and probably one of the best attended anywhere in the world.

Your rental yield will be just fine and pay for a few DFS lines for sure, but if you make this your home, the roof terrace view is beyond a price.

Although it opened some 22 years after his victory at the 13th Open and first to be held here, it’s pretty doubtful that Tom Kidd, who beat 20 others over 36 holes, could envisage that one two-bedroom “room” would sell for over 250 thousand times his win prize money.

Selling as unfurnished, offers may be accepted. Check out the full listing here.

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PGA Tour announces restrictions on green reading books

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A memo released from the PGA Tour yesterday indicated that major changes will be made to the green reading books that golfer’s have grown accustomed to:

 

Originally, the USGA and R&A tried to limit the use of these books by making them smaller, which only resulted in the players reading the books closer to their face. To their credit, the PGA Tour Advisory Council took steps to fix that mistake and mostly eliminate green reading books from the game altogether.

Golfers will be able to use a “committee approved book” that will have only general information on slopes and yardages. Additionally, players will be able to use hand-written notes written by themselves or their caddie.

This is expected to be a welcome change as it will reintroduce the art and skill of green reading back into the game of golf.

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Bryson DeChambeau reveals the secrets to his short game 

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Bryson DeChambeau may be known for his monster hitting, but you don’t win 8 times on the PGA Tour, including a U.S. Open, without a very proficient short game.

In his latest video on his YouTube channel, the 28-year-old revealed what he practices when warming up his short game and how it can help improve your game. Here’s a breakdown of Bryson’s prep, but make sure to check out the video below for all his key nuggets.

Around the Green

To begin, Bryson will practice his miniature chips to ensure his “radius control” is on point. Radius control he describes as “everything in wedging”, including using the bounce and ensuring the proper closure at impact. (1:10)

For these drills, DeChambeau keeps his left arm straight and moves his body to where he’s picking the ball, which he says is similar to taking a broom and sweeping. The Californian calls it the “pick and roll”, which produces a low draw, and explains how most people’s issues with chipping tends to come from their overuse of the wrist. (1:27)

DeChambeau will then begin to open up the face, and when it comes to the flop shot, Bryson says the key is “not losing that face-loft control”. He then demonstrates how opening up the face more through the swing will lead to the ball coming out short and dead. (2:30)

A square chip shot (face slightly closed, slight draw chip), a bump and run, and a flop shot will “take care of pretty much any shot on the golf course”, according to Bryson.

From the Rough

From a good lie, DeChambeau will choke down slightly on the club and try and pick the ball. From a medium lie, he will check how much grass is behind the ball to gauge how hard to hit it. Then for the shot, he opens the clubface so it won’t come out too hot.

For a chip from a bad lie, Bryson stresses the importance of getting the heel of the club into the ground so he can dig the ball out, and he describes the shot as almost like a bunker shot. (3:50)

From the Bunker

For his stock bunker shot, Bryson shows how he sets up almost square (slight degree or two open), and like a shot from the rough, he’ll dig the heel in. Feeling like he’s hitting a little cut, Bryson will then hit “2-3 inches behind the ball”. (5:40)

The reason why you sometimes see pros shank the ball from bunkers? Per Bryson, it’s because impact from the bunker is “super close to the hosel” on the club, and the ball then naturally goes from heel to toe for the stock sand shot. (6:19)

Another option, which Bryson demonstrates in the video, is to aim to hit the ball towards the toe, which is done by opening the face and hitting “more up on it”. Per the 2020 U.S. Open champion, knowing where you’re striking the ball on the face of the club is crucial to understanding the different trajectories you can utilize from the sand. (6:50)

For an uphill bunker shot, Bryson revealed that contrary to what a lot of amateurs try to do, it’s not necessary to hit the ball harder. DeChambeau reveals the secret to the shot is to “level yourself to the slope” by tilting yourself to be in line with the bunker. (8:40)

From plugged lies, Bryson says that if uphill, the shot is far easier than many think. The 28-year-old says the problem is that people try and hit the ball too hard, and with no spin, the ball runs forever. Bryson’s secret is to put the “heel underneath” and treat it like “a little chip shot” for a much softer and effective result. (8:54)

Check out the video in full below.

Subscribe to Bryson DeChambeau’s YouTube channel here.

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Bills QB Josh Allen arrives at Halloween Sunday game dressed as Phil Mickelson

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen showed up to Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins wearing a Halloween costume golf fans will surely appreciate.

The star quarterback was dressed as 2021 PGA Championship winner, Phil Mickelson (see Phil’s PGA Championship WITB here). Allen nailed the costume, as he had the Kiawah Island hat, Phil’s coffee mug, the sunglasses and golf glove all down perfectly. Not only was the costume excellent, Allen also nailed many of Mickelson’s famous mannerisms from the signature thumbs-up to the Lefty calf flex.

Mickelson seemed to be a big fan of Allen’s costume and expressed his appreciation via tweet:

This isn’t the only time the second team all-pro quarterback has displayed his affection for the game of golf. Last year he gave his offensive lineman a new set of golf clubs and golf lessons for Christmas.

Josh Allen wasn’t the only professional football player to wear a golf-related costume to the stadium on Sunday. Browns punter Jamie Gillian and kicker Chase McLaughlin wore a Happy Gilmore-inspired costume prior to their divisional showdown against the Steelers:

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